13 Feb · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers to Support Math Learning for Young DLLs

by Karen Nemeth There’s nothing boring about math but some math activities CAN be boring or hard to understand. This is especially true for children who are dual language learners. They really need math activities that are embedded in meaningful contexts that interest them to help them understand. Using empty plastic, paper or worksheet items …

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2 Feb · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers for Using Bilingual Alphabets

We want all preschool children to start learning the alphabet. That’s not always easy when they come to preschool with different language backgrounds. It can be confusing for a Spanish speaker to see a picture of “una manzana” (Spanish word for apple) next to the letter A while the other kids are saying “aaah”.  This multilingual …

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11 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers Help Diverse Young Children Respect Each Other

  Early childhood educators have the power to start early and start strong by helping all children learn to respect themselves and others. When children and teachers speak different languages, they need special strategies to build that life-changing sense of community. Pronounce each child’s name as closely as possible. Model for your DLLs and for …

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18 Jun · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers – Revolutionize Classroom Labels for DLLs!

  Preschools have labels because they value ‘environmental print’. But… if no one reads the labels or talks about them, do they really help teach language and literacy?

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22 Jan · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers for Cultural Connections in Early Childhood Education

  We all know the importance of connecting with young children by understanding who they are and what’s important to them. Real cultural connections for DLLs go way beyond plastic food, flags, or posters about holidays. Here are some ways to make intentional, authentic, personal connections that help dual language learners:

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29 Aug · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Fast 5 Gamechangers- Preschool Science Learning for DLLs

Science is a great subject for early learning because it is hands-on and includes language, literacy, math, and other learning domains. But, how can teachers make science learning meaningful for children who don’t speak the same language?

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30 Jan · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that Make Early Ed. Professional Development Stick

The big question about expensive professional development for early childhood educators is: Will it stick? Will the time and expense result in lasting, meaningful change? Five quick questions can make all the difference. Don’t pay anyone to provide professional development for your early childhood education program without getting answers to these  Fast 5 Questions. The really …

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23 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that Build Language Quality for DLLs!

by Karen Nemeth Have you seen the articles focusing on language quality this week? In the New York Times on October 16, 2014 we read about Kathy Hirsh-Pasek’s research in Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Says. Researchers are making a powerful case that, for children under the age of 6, …

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15 Sep · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers that REALLY Get Parents of DLLs to Engage!

by Karen N. Nemeth “Parents of DLLs just don’t want to get involved – and it’s hard to know why because many of them don’t speak much English!”  Language Castle Fast 5 Gamechangers gives you five fast changes you can make now to start seeing better results. If your goal is to just get some …

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26 Aug · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Fast 5 Gamechangers that Make a Great 1st Day for DLLs in PreK

by Karen N. Nemeth photo by Bigstock.com You know what they say – “First impressions are lasting impressions.” What happens on the first day or two of preK can set the tone for a young DLL’s entire year! These FAST 5 Gamechangers will make sure each child gets the best possible start – paving the …

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